Ian Webster

Ian Webster

Ian Webster is the creator of Asterank, a scientific and economic database of known asteroids in our solar system. His project provides tools for asteroid discovery, computation, and visualization of over 600,000 objects based on aggregate data from NASA/JPL, the Minor Planet Center, world markets, and other sources. It has been featured by BBC News, Popular Science, and other media.

Asterank was acquired by Planetary Resources, the asteroid mining company, in May 2013. Ian continues to work with Planetary Resources on problems related to asteroid discovery and analysis.

Ian lives in Mountain View, CA and is a recent graduate of Dartmouth College, where he studied computer science.


Ian Webster on mining in space

Computer scientist Ian Webster put his mind to something unusual – resources in space. In this...